On Friday, it emerged that the six-game limited series between India and Sri Lanka, which was scheduled to start on July 13, was postponed for four days and will now begin on July 17 due to an outbreak of several cases in the Lankan Encampment.
According to the revised itinerary, the second and third ODI could then take place on July 19 and 21, with the T20I series kicking off likely to start on July 24. All matches will be played at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Apparently a shaken Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), with the idea of extending the quarantine time of its players as a precaution, sent the revised schedule to BCCI and broadcasters on Friday. BCCI will keep all of its options on the tour open, depending on the number of Covid cases in the Lankan camp. Should that happen, the possibility that Sri Lanka field an entirely different side, as England did recently, cannot be ruled out. SLC is likely to officially announce the revised tour itinerary on Saturday.
After batting coach Grant Flower tested positive for the Delta variant of the virus on Thursday, two other members of the Lankan camp, including data analyst GT Niroshan, also tested positive on Friday.
The BCCI is concerned about the spread of the virus within the Lankan camp. Meanwhile, the Indian team has quarantined themselves at the team’s hotel and is taking all necessary precautions. An official word should be released soon.
TOI tried to contact SLC, but there was no response. The board, we learn, is sweating at the prospect of a cancellation. In fact, the government of Sri Lanka could step in to take control of the situation and allay the fears of part of the Indian cricket council. Industry sources are highlighting the sentiment of BCCI given the current situation and are eagerly awaiting to see what direction the Indian council will take in the future.